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US homeownership falls to nearly its lowest level in history

US homeownership falls to nearly its lowest level in history

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MSN.com Home sales may be rising, but homeownership in the United States is heading down once again. After gains in the second half of 2015, the homeownership rate fell to just 63.6 percent, seasonally adjusted, in the first quarter of this year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Homeownership hit a high of 69.4 percent in 2004, during one of the biggest housing booms in history. That was also when mortgage lending was arguably at its loosest level in history. The homeownership rate is now just one-tenth of 1 basis point higher than its all-time low in the second quarter of 2015. Economists continue to point to a recovering job market as fuel for growth in the housing market, but for young Americans, just having a job does not translate to homeownership. High levels of student loan debt, tight mortgage underwriting standards and overheating home prices are all contributing to very low homeownership rates among the nation’s youngest workers. Homeownership among those aged 25-34 today is nearly 10 percentage points lower than it was a decade ago. First-time homebuyers are still barely 30 percent of today’s buyers; traditionally, they comprise 40 percent of “Rental affordability remains a big problem in many places, and that makes it harder to save for a down payment,” said Jed Kolko, an independent economist and senior fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at University of California, Berkeley. “We’re still seeing relatively few first-time homebuyers because young people are buying homes later than they used to. Some of this is a long-term shift toward marrying and having children later in life. Some of this is that the recovery has been slow among young adults.” Most millennials are still on the young side for homeownership. In contrast, homeownership has actually increased among older Americans. This may be because renting is so expensive, and because the expected migration of baby boomers from their larger houses in the suburbs to rental homes has been slow to take off, due to the recent recession and historic crash in home prices. Household formation is now increasing, but two-thirds of it is on the renter side. Just one-third of new households were owner-occupied homes. Homeownership is highest in the...

House panel votes to make women register for the draft

House panel votes to make women register for the draft

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Women will have to register with the Selective Service and would be eligible to be drafted in the military, under a provision narrowly approved by a House panel on Wednesday. The proposal passed the House Armed Services Committee without support from its sponsor, Iraq War veteran Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who introduced the measure as a way to force congressional conversation about the role of women in the military. But several Republicans broke ranks with their committee counterparts to support the idea of drafting women for military service, until now a possibility solely reserved for men. MILITARYTIMES Congress takes its first step toward killing the military draft Under current law, all men ages 18 to 26 are required to register for possible involuntary military service with the Selective Service System. Women have always been exempt, and past legal challenges have pointed to restrictions placed on their military service as a reason for their exclusion. But earlier this year, Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened all military jobs to women, negating that argument. Hunter said the move made the Selective Service setup “sexist” and said he was unwilling to leave the draft issue up to the White House or Pentagon. But he also made clear he opposed the idea of adding women to draft lists. MILITARYTIMES Meet the Army’s first female infantry officer Others disagreed, including Nevada’s Rep. Joe Heck, New York Rep. Chris Gibson and Arizona Rep. Martha McSally, fellow Republicans and Iraq War veterans. McSally argued that if a draft was needed, women could serve any number of military roles, including but not exclusive to infantry jobs. The vote came the same day Army officials announced that Capt. Kristen Griest, one of the first women to earn a Ranger tab, will becoming the Army’s first female infantry officer. Defense Department leaders have already backed the idea of adding women to the draft, while also emphasizing they do not see any scenario where a draft will actually happen. No Americans have been pressed into involuntary military service since the last draft ended in 1973. Lawmakers have also included in the legislative language requiring a full review of the Selective Service System and possible “alternatives” to the current system. The agency’s...

Should We LEAVE The UN And Get The UN Out Of The US?

Should We LEAVE The UN And Get The UN Out Of The US?

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theNewsClub.info The UN started with good intentions. In 1945, representatives of 50 countries met in San Francisco to draw up the United Nations charter, which was signed on June 26, 1945 and came to exist on October 24, 1945. The charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The purpose was to promote international cooperation. It started with 51 members and now has 193. The United States pays 22% of the U.N.’s annual costs, which are over 1 Billion dollars. Initially, it was an ally to Israel and the United States. Unfortunately, over time, Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, has been chastised three times as often as all other countries combined. The Arab state members have turned the UN into an organization which seems dedicated to the eradication of the state of Israel. There are constant resolutions against Israel in a variety of areas. The ones accusing Israel of human rights violations are the very ones that are committing human rights violations, and no one is chastising them! In addition, there is ongoing corruption, mismanagement, bribes, and a variety of other unseemly activities going on. There is no accountability and fraud, waste, and abuse of resources is ever-present. It has become a bloated bureaucracy which started out with 1500 employees and has now ballooned to 50,000 worldwide. Let’s look at current UN behavior, which should give every American citizen the impetus to scream for the US to get out of the UN, and get the UN out of the US. For starters, most Americans do not know or seem to care about Agenda 21. This is best explained by Rosa Koire, who is the executive director of Democrats Against UN Agenda 21. She writes, UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is the action plan implemented world-wide to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all energy, all education, all information, and all human beings in the world. Inventory and control is what it’s all about. There is no congressional approval, or no citizen approval. This is an elaborate plan to ultimately initiate The New World Order....

Two People Involved In Flint Water Investigation Found Dead

Two People Involved In Flint Water Investigation Found Dead

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vigilantcitizen.com The Flint Water Treatment Plant Foreman (an important part of the investigation) and a woman leading the Flint lead poisoning lawsuit were both found dead in less than a week. Everything about the Flint water crisis is as toxic and disgusting as the water that is being pumped into Flint homes. From the crass negligence that allowed such an insidious thing to happen, to the lack of will to fix it in timely fashion – not to mention the obvious attempts at covering up the truth: The situation is poisonous. And that poison could easily spread across America. This is not simply a water cleanliness issue. It is about allowing parts of America to devolve into toxic cesspools, where problems are “solved” with underhanded police-state tactics. In the span of a few weeks, crucial files mysteriously disappeared from the Flint city hall, the Water Treatment Plant Foreman died suddenly at age 43 and a woman leading the lawsuit against Flint was murdered in her home. Toxic Water Flint tap water in dated bottles. Flint tap water in dated bottles. The Flint water crisis began exactly two years ago, on April 2014, when Flint changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to the Flint River – to which officials had failed to apply corrosion inhibitors. Almost immediately, Flint residents complained about the water’s color, taste and odor. In the following months, numerous water issues arose, with little to no governmental action to fix them. August and September 2014 boil-water advisories were issued by the city due to coliform bacteria detection On August 21, 2014 test showed the city’s water tested high for THMs, a chlorine byproduct of disinfecting water, with which long term exposure has been linked to cancer and other diseases. Though the city stated that the water was safe, the employees of the Flint Public Library declared the water undrinkable after noticing that the water from the faucets and toilets was discolored. On March 2, 2016, it was reported that the state of Michigan blocked Flint from returning to Lake Huron water from the Detroit water system when it agreed to grant the city an emergency loan of $7 million in April...

11 arrested during raid on NJ Weedman’s Joint, more than $19k in pot seized

11 arrested during raid on NJ Weedman’s Joint, more than $19k in pot seized

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By Penny Ray thetrentonian.com   Prosecutors say complaints from the community regarding constant foot traffic in and out of Ed Forchion’s businesses sparked a two-month investigation that resulted in his property being raided Wednesday afternoon. Prosecutors also say they received information from multiple sources that Forchion, a pot legalization activist known as NJ Weedman, was distributing marijuana from out of the premises. The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force raided Forchion’s businesses, which includes a restaurant, religious sanctuary and tobacco shop, on East State Street and allegedly seized more than $19,000 in marijuana. During the raid, 11 people, including Forchion, were arrested for various offenses. Some were apprehended in connection with outstanding warrants, and others were charged with new drug offenses. When police searched the building, they allegedly found 56 grams of marijuana and 32 grams of edible marijuana candy in the sanctuary, more than a pound of marijuana butter in the kitchen, as well as ten grams of marijuana and a large amount of drug paraphernalia in the tobacco shop. Police also seized $85 that was in a jar that read, “Nothing is free donate.” Prosecutors say police also found 1,055 grams of marijuana, five grams of hashish, five ounces of promethazine, digital scales and drug packaging materials in an office, where they also found $60 in cash, which was seized. Police allegedly found an additional 28 grams of marijuana in the rear yard of the property. Prosecutors say Shawn Hurley was arrested after police saw him toss a deck of heroin off of the roof when the raid began, and that Tomas Geronimo was arrested for distributing marijuana during the course of the investigation. Police also seized a Toyota Matrix and two other vehicles that were parked outside of the premises during the raid, along with $330 that Forchion had on his person. Prosecutors say police also raided a South Olden Avenue home in Hamilton in connection to the investigation and found seven grams of marijuana in the garage and additional drug paraphernalia throughout the residence. The homeowner, 52-year-old Sharon Shelton, was arrested when she arrived home during the search. Police say the estimated street value of the seized drugs is $19,270. Forchion, 51, is charged with several...

Is it Honorable to be in the Military?

Is it Honorable to be in the Military?

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  Steve-Patterson.com Courageous. Noble. Honorable. Just some of the adjectives used to describe military men. In most parts of the United States, being a soldier comes with a guarantee of respect. Americans seem to thank soldiers at every opportunity for “defending our freedom.” The story goes like this: Young men and women risk their lives to defend the United States. They are willing to die for their country, which is a reflection of their noble character. Without them, we wouldn’t be free. Therefore, they deserve respect. I disagree with this narrative. In fact, I’d say nearly the opposite is true: in most cases, being in the military is nothing admirable; it’s dishonorable. Pitiful, even. I mean this quite precisely, not as an insult. Allow me to make my case. The central point is this: fighting for your country is insufficient reason for respect. What matters is why the country is fighting. Since most military action in the last half-century has been for illegitimate purposes, most soldiers are fighting for an illegitimate cause. Therefore, they are not honorable; they are dishonorable and dangerous. A Simple Example The first point is easy to make. Merely risking your life in the military cannot be respectable by itself. Take the simplest, most extreme case: Nazi soldiers. They were young men, fighting for their country and family, until the point of death. Yet, we view Nazi soldiers as not only dishonorable, but downright evil. Why? The cause for which they fought. Nazism was immoral. Therefore every single soldier was promoting and defending an immoral cause. In fact, it’s precisely the soldiers who deserve the most blame. They were the ultimate enforcers of Nazism, not Hitler. Note: consider the young Nazi soldier who doesn’t actively hate Jews. He doesn’t desire world domination. He’s “just doing his job” – just making a paycheck for his family. Does he deserve respect? Of course not. His labor still contributes to an evil organization; his paycheck comes from despicable thugs. Consider the Nazi who even disagrees with Hitler. He doesn’t support the war. He even complains to his superiors and becomes disillusioned. But, he is still employed by them and reluctantly gathers their military intelligence. He begrudgingly contributes to...

Half of Americans think the presidential election is ‘rigged’

Half of Americans think the presidential election is ‘rigged’

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Chris Kahn Reuters.com More than half of American voters believe that the system U.S. political parties use to pick their candidates for the White House is “rigged” and more than two-thirds want to see the process changed, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. The results echo complaints from Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders that the system is stacked against them in favor of candidates with close ties to their parties – a critique that has triggered a nationwide debate over whether the process is fair. The United States is one of just a handful of countries that gives regular voters any say in who should make it onto the presidential ballot. But the state-by-state system of primaries, caucuses and conventions is complex. The contests historically were always party events, and while the popular vote has grown in influence since the mid-20th century, the parties still have considerable sway. One quirk of the U.S. system – and the area where the parties get to flex their muscle – is the use of delegates, party members who are assigned to support contenders at their respective conventions, usually based on voting results. The parties decide how delegates are awarded in each state, with the Republicans and Democrats having different rules. The delegates’ personal opinions can come into play at the party conventions if the race is too close to call – an issue that has become a lightning rod in the current political season. Another complication is that state governments have different rules about whether voters must be registered as party members to participate. In some states, parties further restrict delegate selection to small committees of party elites, as the Republican Party in Colorado did this year.   ‘SO FLAWED’ “I’d prefer to see a one-man-one-vote system,” said Royce Young, 76, a resident of Society Hill, South Carolina, who supports Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. “The process is so flawed.” Trump has repeatedly railed against the rules, at times calling them undemocratic. After the Colorado Republican Party awarded all its delegates to Ted Cruz, for example, Trump lashed out in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, charging “the system is being rigged by party operatives with ‘double-agent’ delegates who reject...

NSA is so overwhelmed with data, it’s no longer effective, says whistleblower

NSA is so overwhelmed with data, it’s no longer effective, says whistleblower

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  by Zack Whittaker Zdnet.com NEW YORK — A former National Security Agency official turned whistleblower has spent almost a decade and a half in civilian life. And he says he’s still “pissed” by what he’s seen leak in the past two years. In a lunch meeting hosted by Contrast Security founder Jeff Williams on Wednesday, William Binney, a former NSA official who spent more than three decades at the agency, said the US government’s mass surveillance programs have become so engorged with data that they are no longer effective, losing vital intelligence in the fray. As the Snowden leaks began, there was “fear and panic” in Congress Just a few minutes after the first NSA leak was published, the phones of US lawmakers began to buzz, hours before most of America would find out over their morning coffee.   Binney said that an analyst today can run one simple query across the NSA’s various databases, only to become immediately overloaded with information. With about four billion people — around two-thirds of the world’s population — under the NSA and partner agencies’ watchful eyes, according to his estimates, there is too much data being collected. “That’s why they couldn’t stop the Boston bombing, or the Paris shootings, because the data was all there,” said Binney. Because the agency isn’t carefully and methodically setting its tools up for smart data collection, that leaves analysts to search for a needle in a haystack. “The data was all there… the NSA is great at going back over it forensically for years to see what they were doing before that,” he said. “But that doesn’t stop it.” Binney called this a “bulk data failure” — in that the NSA programs, leaked by Edward Snowden, are collecting too much for the agency to process. He said the problem runs deeper across law enforcement and other federal agencies, like the FBI, the CIA, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which all have access to NSA intelligence. Binney left the NSA a month after the September 11 attacks in New York City in 2001, days after controversial counter-terrorism legislation was enacted — the Patriot Act — in the wake of the attacks. Binney stands jaded by...

California City Votes In Favor Of Converting Former Prison Into Marijuana Oil Factory

California City Votes In Favor Of Converting Former Prison Into Marijuana Oil Factory

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By Duke London Marijuana.com An abandoned correctional facility in the city of Coalinga, CA is on the verge of undergoing quite the role reversal. The City Council voted 4-1 in favor of leasing the vacant Claremont Custody Center to a privately held company, who would subsequently transform the prison into a large-scale commercial manufacturing plant for marijuana extraction. Coalinga held a public workshop Wednesday evening to vote on the Claremont re-purposing as well as two other related issues. They again voted 4-1, this time in favor of introducing a ballot measure to citizens regarding the opening of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, and on the third and final issue, voted unanimously to tax these businesses in the event they do become legal. The move could potentially be a financial windfall for the city as they’d theoretically be collecting revenue on the property as well as a tax on the product. David McPherson of HdL, a company that provides financial advice and auditing services to over 160 California cities, counts Coalinga as a client and attended the workshop to discuss how similar ventures affected the balance sheets of other cities. A pioneer in the field, McPherson was the first city administrator in the country to regulate and tax the sale of medical marijuana when he implemented the system in Oakland. On Wednesday night, he offered solutions to maximize the possible revenue for Coalinga, including taxing cultivation operations, like the proposed plan at Claremont, by square footage and dispensaries by their gross income. Councilman Ron Lander, the only member to oppose the Claremont deal, pressed McPherson for financial details in regards to other cities’ adoption of these types of practices. While McPherson was reluctant to provide concrete numbers, he hinted at the potential cash cow this could represent for Coalinga based on the results in Adelanto, CA. “I read in the Orange County Register that they (Adelanto) currently have six cultivations moving forward,” Lander stated. “Twenty-six,” McPherson quickly corrected, as he and HdL also represent Adelanto. “I’ve heard the revenue would be more than their general fund,” Councilman Nathan Vosburg said. “That’s about right,” McPherson said, which resulted in an audible gasp from citizens and the Council alike. For reference,...

Free at Last? DEA & FDA Prepare for Federal Legalization of Marijuana

Free at Last? DEA & FDA Prepare for Federal Legalization of Marijuana

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By Susanne Posel OccupyCorporatism.com The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) have given their permission for clinical trials to begin for therapeutic use of marijuana on veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is a 180 turn from the DEA’s stance on marijuana just 6 months ago. Chuck Rosenberg, head of the DEA, told the media : “What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal—because it’s not. If you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana—which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana—it has never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.” However, per the DEA’s approval order, the Multidisciplinary Approach to Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) will be able to conduct the first clinical trial focused on paving the way for “smoked botanical marijuana” to become a legally prescribed “drug” as far as the DEA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are concerned. Amy Emerson, director of clinical research for MAPS, said: “We have been working towards approval since we opened the Investigational New Drug Application (IND) with the FDA in 2010. We are thrilled to see this study overcome the hurdles of approval so we can begin gathering the data. This study is a critical step in moving our botanical drug development program forward at the federal level to gather information on the dosing, risks, and benefits of smoked marijuana for PTSD symptoms.” MAPS received a $2 million grant for the trial which will utilize patients from Phoenix to Baltimore with the hopes of “reducing the severity of PTSD”. Heading the march toward legalization of marijuana is Senator Elizabeth Warren who wrote a letter to Thomas Freidan, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) back in 2015 which made waves because she called for the federal government to fund research on marijuana as a pain reliever. The use of marijuana to alleviate pain has been established as far back as 1892 when William Osler (considered the father of modern medicine) recommended the plant to sure migraines. In 2014, researchers determined that in states where marijuana was used for pain mitigation, the number of prescription drug overdoses dropped by 24.8% when compared with states...

Hillary Clinton Approved Delivering Libya’s Sarin Gas to Syrian Rebels

Hillary Clinton Approved Delivering Libya’s Sarin Gas to Syrian Rebels

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Eric Zuesse Globalresearch.ca The great investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, in two previous articles in the London Review of Books («Whose Sarin?» and «The Red Line and the Rat Line») has reported that the Obama Administration falsely blamed the government of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for the sarin gas attack that Obama was trying to use as an excuse to invade Syria; and Hersh pointed to a report from British intelligence saying that the sarin that was used didn’t come from Assad’s stockpiles. Hersh also said that a secret agreement in 2012 was reached between the Obama Administration and the leaders of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, to set up a sarin gas attack and blame it on Assad so that the US could invade and overthrow Assad. «By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria». Hersh didn’t say whether these «arms» included the precursor chemicals for making sarin which were stockpiled in Libya, but there have been multiple independent reports that Libya’s Gaddafi possessed such stockpiles, and also that the US Consulate in Benghazi Libya was operating a «rat line» for Gaddafi’s captured weapons into Syria through Turkey. So, Hersh isn’t the only reporter who has been covering this. Indeed, the investigative journalist Christoph Lehmann headlined on 7 October 2013, «Top US and Saudi Officials responsible for Chemical Weapons in Syria» and reported, on the basis of very different sources than Hersh used, that «Evidence leads directly to the White House, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, CIA Director John Brennan, Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar, and Saudi Arabia´s Interior Ministry». And, as if that weren’t enough, even the definitive analysis of the evidence that was performed by two leading US analysts, the Lloyd-Postal report, concluded that, «The US Government’s Interpretation of the Technical Intelligence It Gathered Prior to and After the August 21 Attack CANNOT POSSIBLY BE CORRECT». Obama has clearly been lying. However, now, for the first time, Hersh has implicated Hillary Clinton directly in this «rat line». In an interview with Alternet.org, Hersh was asked about the...

A party drug instantly cured my depression

A party drug instantly cured my depression

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By Jane Ridley Despite suffering from major depression, Liz Lehmann managed to hold down a job as manager of an animal hospital where scores of pets had surgery each week, anesthetized by the drug ketamine. Four years on, to her amazement, the mother of four discovered that a low dose of the same medication — popularly known as the psychedelic club drug Special K and also used as a horse tranquillizer — held the key to alleviating her depression. “It was a last-ditch measure but it’s been nothing short of a miracle,” Lehmann, 51, says of the regular infusions she receives at Ketamine Treatment Centers of Princeton, NJ, one of a growing number of private clinics offering the procedure, which costs $350 to $1,000 per session.   “It has changed my life, and I started functioning,” says Lehmann. “Without it, I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning.” Ketamine for depression is poised to be one of the biggest breakthroughs in psychiatric medicine — the largest since Prozac was approved by the FDA in 1987. The American Psychiatric Association is about to issue practice guidelines governing ketamine’s use as an off-label treatment for anxiety and depression, and Johnson & Johnson is expected to apply to the FDA for approval of a nasal spay version of ketamine, called esketamine, for treatment-resistant depression by 2019. Studies show the drug — which is used illegally for its hallucinogenic effects but has been employed for decades as an anesthetic, and since 2010 as a treatment for depression — appears to work by acting on one of the brain’s neurotransmitters and sparking growth of new connections among cells, repairing the structural damage that depression causes to the brain. It may also help combat climbing suicide rates. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released last week found that US suicide rates are on the rise — jumping an astonishing 60 percent among middle-aged women since 1999. Lehmann, who has suffered from depression since childhood, most recently endured a three-year period of postpartum depression following the birth of her fourth child, Alex, at the age of 47. Her psychiatrist prescribed her practically every antidepressant and anxiety drug on the market, but...

Looting On the Rise As Venezuela Runs Out of Food, Electricity

Looting On the Rise As Venezuela Runs Out of Food, Electricity

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  PanamaPost.com Despair and violence is taking over Venezuela. The economic crisis sweeping the nation means people have to withstand widespread shortages of staple products, medicine, and food. So when the Maduro administration began rationing electricity this week, leaving entire cities in the dark for up to 4 hours every day, discontent gave way to social unrest.   Maracaibo, in the western state of Zulia, is the epicenter of thefts: on Tuesday alone, Venezuelans raided pharmacies, shopping malls, supermarkets, and even trucks with food in seven different areas of the city. Although at least nine people were arrested, and 2,000 security officers were deployed in the state, Zulia’s Secretary of Government Giovanny Villalobos asked citizens not to leave their homes. “There are violent people out there that can harm you,” he warned. In Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, citizens reported looting in at least three areas of the city. Twitter users reported that thefts occurred throughout the night in the industrial zone of La California, Campo Rico, and Buena Vista. They assured that several locals were robbed and that there were people on the street shouting “we are hungry!” The same happened in Carabobo, a state in central Venezuela. Through Twitter, a journalist from Valencia reported the looting of a deli. The crime took place on Tuesday evening amid a wave of protests against prolonged power rationing and outages in multiple parts of the country. Food for 15 Days Supermarkets employees from Valencia told the PanAm Post that besides no longer receiving the same amount of food as before, they must deal with angry Venezuelans who come to the stores only to find out there’s little to buy. Purchases in supermarkets are rationed through a fingerprint system that does not allow Venezuelans to acquire the same regulated food for two weeks. Due to the country’s mangled economy, millions must stand in long lines for hours just to purchase basic products, which many resell for extra income as the country’s minimum wage is far from enough to cover a family’s needs. On Wednesday, the Venezuelan Chamber of Food (Cavidea) said in a statement that most companies only have 15 days worth of stocked food. According to the union, the production of...

FLUORIDATION MAY NOT PREVENT CAVITIES, SCIENTIFIC REVIEW SHOWS

FLUORIDATION MAY NOT PREVENT CAVITIES, SCIENTIFIC REVIEW SHOWS

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Newsweek.com If you’re like two-thirds of Americans, fluoride is added to your tap water for the purpose of reducing cavities. But the scientific rationale for putting it there may be outdated, and no longer as clear-cut as was once thought. Water fluoridation, which first began in 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and expanded nationwide over the years, has always been controversial. Those opposed to the process have argued—and a growing number of studies have suggested—that the chemical may present a number of health risks, for example interfering with the endocrine system and increasing the risk of impaired brain function; two studies in the last few months, for example, have linked fluoridation to ADHD and underactive thyroid. Others argue against water fluoridation on ethical grounds, saying the process forces people to consume a substance they may not know is there—or that they’d rather avoid.   Despite concerns about safety and ethics, many are content to continue fluoridation because of its purported benefit: that it reduces tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Oral Health, the main government body responsible for the process, says it’s “safe and effective.”   You might think, then, that fluoridated water’s efficacy as a cavity preventer would be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. But new research suggests that assumption is dramatically misguided; while using fluoridated toothpaste has been proven to be good for oral health, consuming fluoridated water may have no positive impact. The Cochrane Collaboration, a group of doctors and researchers known for their comprehensive reviews—which are widely regarded as the gold standard of scientific rigor in assessing effectiveness of public health policies—recently set out to find out if fluoridation reduces cavities. They reviewed every study done on fluoridation that they could find, and then winnowed down the collection to only the most comprehensive, well-designed and reliable papers. Then they analyzed these studies’ results, and published their conclusion in a review earlier this month. The review identified only three studies since 1975—of sufficient quality to be included—that addressed the effectiveness of fluoridation on tooth decay in the population at large. These papers determined that fluoridation does not reduce cavities to a statistically significant degree in permanent teeth, says study co-author Anne-Marie...

27 Civilians Killed in Airstrike on Hospital

27 Civilians Killed in Airstrike on Hospital

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. Jason Ditz While initial reports from last night suggested only a handful of deaths in the airstrike against a hospital in the rebel-held part of the Syrian city of Aleppo, as more and more bodies were recovered from the ruins the toll continued to rise. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has now put the death toll at 27, while other local groups have suggested it was even higher. Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which supports the hospital, says it was more or less completely destroyed in a direct air strike. The Syrian military denied involvement in the strike, insisting they had no warplanes in the area at the time. Russia has yet to comment on the matter. The district attacked is held by rebels including al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front, which has made it a target in recent days. Likewise, the Nusra Front has been shelling and firing rockets at a western Aleppo district controlled by the government. Much as with the airstrikes, the casualties appear to be almost exclusively civilians, with at least 11 killed yesterday in government districts, and the Syrian state media reporting it could be as many as 14. Read More...

US ready to offer Israel largest aid package in history

US ready to offer Israel largest aid package in history

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  A White House official indicated on Monday that the Obama administration was ready to offer Israel the largest military aid package offered to any country over the course of US history. Amid a push by a large majority of senators to increase foreign aid to Israel, a White House official told Reuters: “We are prepared to sign an MOU [memorandum of understanding] with Israel that would constitute the largest single pledge of military assistance to any country in US history.” The official said discussions with Israel were ongoing on a memorandum of understanding that would increase US military aid to Israel for the next 10 years, due to be renewed before 2018. More than 80 of the 100 sitting US senators signed a letter Monday calling on President Barack Obama to increase aid to Israel and immediately sign an agreement on a new defense package. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is not one of the 83 signatories. “In light of Israel’s dramatically rising defense challenges, we stand ready to support a substantially enhanced new long-term agreement to help provide Israel the resources it requires to defend itself and preserve its qualitative military edge,” said the letter, which was seen by Reuters. Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chris Coons were behind the letter, which was signed by 51 Republican and 32 Democratic senators. Israeli soldiers patrol near an Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the Golan Heights, on January 20, 2015. (AFP/Jack Guez) Israeli soldiers patrol near an Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the Golan Heights, on January 20, 2015. (AFP/Jack Guez) Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz was one of the signatories, while Sanders was not. Due to expire in 2018, the current aid package stands at $3 billion annually, and, according to reports, Israel wants to up the amount to $5 billion annually. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hinted he may wait to negotiate with Obama’s successor to try and secure a better deal. Israel welcomed the reports but did not comment on the status of talks over the deal. Speaking to The Times of Israel last...

The Latest Steps the Establishment Are Using Against Donald Trump

The Latest Steps the Establishment Are Using Against Donald Trump

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Ted Cruz and John Kasich join forces to stop Donald Trump In an announcement made on Sunday night, Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio agreed to coordinate a last-ditch effort to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican presidential nomination. Jeff Rowe, Ted Cruz’s campaign manager, said in a statement that the Cruz campaign would quote “focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Governor Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico.” Kasich’s press release Mere minutes after Mr. Roe’s statement, a spokesman from the Kasich campaign released a similar message. The Ohio governor’s chief strategist, John Weaver, said that his campaign “would shift its resources the to states in the West and give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana.” According to the agreement between the two camps, Kasich will not campaign in Indiana and Cruz won’t run in Oregon and New Mexico. The rationale is that they will not split the anti-Trump vote in these crucial states, thereby increasing the odds that one of them will win, denying Donald Trump the delegates he needs to be the nominee before the Republican convention. The magic number for the nomination is 1,237 delegates, and right now, all of the polls are consistently saying that Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination — without a strongly contested primary in one of these key states. According to the polls, Trump currently leads by a comfortable margin in both Indiana and California, which would, according to the projected numbers secure him the nomination victory. The whole Republican contest could very well come down to Indiana. This is because the state has 57 pledged delegates, and it awards those delegates on a winner-take-all basis. As a result, the difference between a narrow win and a loss is huge for the Trump campaign. If he wins statewide — even by a single point — it will be fairly easy for him to reach 1,237 delegates that he needs to secure the nomination. The alliance by Kasich and Cruz was already falling apart the day after it was announced. Kasich announced that he “still wants the people of Indiana to vote...

If you’re alive in 30 years, chances are good you may also be alive in 1000 years

If you’re alive in 30 years, chances are good you may also be alive in 1000 years

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Sounds unlikely? It’s not – it’s actually quite likely. The only way to get people to live for a thousand years or more is to develop advanced technologies that can manipulate our bodies down to the cellular and molecular level. So the question is whether humanity will develop the necessary technologies over the next 30 years, or not. Personally, I think it’s very close to 100% certain that we’ll manage to do this. That is, we don’t have to perfect the technology in 30 years. What we must do is to develop technology that can make old people 10, 20 or 30 years younger, biologically speaking, so an 80-year-old, for example, can get the body of a 60-year-old. In that case, he has bought himself 20 more years of life, and in those 20 years the technology will have progressed even further, so that when he is 100 years and his body again is like an 80-year-old’s, he can rejuvenate more than 20 years. In all likelihood we will take treatments more often than once every 20 years, and if so, the remaining life expectancy can be illustrated like this: Image by Aubrey de Grey (I think) The figure is not entirely accurate, partly because people aged 100 years and 0 years clearly don’t have the same remaining life expectancy today, and also because the curves would be more jagged (since it might go some time between each treatment), but it still illustrates the point well: the numbers above the curves represent how old the person is today (today is all the way to the left in the figure), and if the curve hits the horizontal line at the bottom (the time axis), the person is dead. According to the figure, then, a person who’s 80 years old today will have difficulty living forever, while a typical 50-year-old might just make it. Normally, the remaining life expectancy of a person goes down as time passes and the person gets older. When someone is 50 years old, for example, one thinks that they have a shorter remaining life expectancy than when the person was 30. In the figure that means that the curve always slopes downward towards 0 (the horizontal...

Venezuela to ration power four hours a day for 40 days

Venezuela to ration power four hours a day for 40 days

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Recession-hit Venezuela will turn off the electricity supply in its 10 most populous states for four hours a day for 40 days to deal with a severe power shortage, the government said Thursday. It is the latest drastic measure to alleviate a severe electricity crisis which President Nicolas Maduro and his government blame on a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon. Critics say it is the result of years of economic mismanagement. “Each user will have a temporary suspension of four hours a day. The plan will last approximately 40 days” to ease pressure on the country’s largest hydroelectric dam, said Electricity Minister Luis Motta. Maduro is under growing pressure from the center-right opposition, which vowed to oust him when it took control of the legislature in January after winning a landslide election victory, blaming him for the crippling economic crisis. Venezuela’s economy has plunged along with the price of the oil which it relies on for foreign revenues. Shortages of medicines and goods such as toilet paper and cooking oil are widespread. Maduro blames the collapse on an “economic war” by capitalists. Last week, his government said it was shifting its time zone forward by 30 minutes to save power. Other measures include giving government workers an extra day off each week for the next two months, and Maduro has urged Venezuelan women to stop using their hairdryers. Motta had warned Wednesday that mandatory power cuts were imminent as he toured the Guri hydroelectric plant, where officials say the water level is approaching the critical limit. The dam supplies 70 percent of the country’s electricity. Seventeen other hydroelectric dams are also near critical levels, and citizens regularly suffer blackouts and water rationing. Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves, but the government has resisted using crude to generate electricity, calling it inefficient. – Beer cuts, too – Maduro’s other measures to cut electricity use include reducing the workday to six hours for ministries and state companies and ordering them to lower their electricity consumption by 20 percent. He has also ordered shops and hotels to ration electricity, obliging them to generate their own power for several hours a day. Shopping centers have cut back their...

Israel To Finally Face ICC Over War Crimes In Gaza

Israel To Finally Face ICC Over War Crimes In Gaza

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Palestine plans to lodge its first complaint against Israel for alleged war crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in just a couple of weeks. Mohammad Shtayyeh, minister at the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction, told AFP, “One of the first important steps will be filing a complaint against Israel at the ICC on April 1 over the (2014) Gaza war and settlement activity.” Palestine, a United Nations observer state, will officially join the ICC on April 1, having acceded to the Rome Statute, the ICC’s founding charter, on Jan. 2. The court now has jurisdiction over the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Palestine lodged a request for the ICC to investigate possible war crimes in its territory on Jan. 1, the day before it acceded to the Rome Statute. The court has since opened a preliminary examination into the situation, which it said it would analyze in “full independence and impartiality.” MintPress News reported last month that Israel responded to the court’s announcement by calling on the 122 member states of the ICC to stop funding the court. The ICC “represents no one. It is a political body,” said Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. He also stated: “We will demand of our friends in Canada, in Australia and in Germany simply to stop funding it.” France, Britain, Germany and Italy told Reuters that they would ignore Israel’s call. Israel also stopped transferring tax revenue to the PLO in apparent retaliation for the PLO’s efforts to have the Mediterranean country investigated for war crimes. December’s taxes amounted up to $127 million, according to Haaretz, and could be used for the salaries of civil servants, including doctors and teachers. “This is money that is Palestinian money and therefore the decision of the Israeli government and [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu to freeze it is against international law and it proves the justice of our request to the International Criminal Court,” said Saeb Erekat, a member of the PLO Executive Committee and the former chief Palestinian negotiator in the peace talks with Israel, in an interview with Haaretz. “What Israel did is a war crime that joins the crimes it has committed against the Palestinian people,” Erakat continued....

Spoke His Mind: Ol’ Dirty Bastard Speaks On The Government Brainwashing People During An Interview With Method Man!

Spoke His Mind: Ol’ Dirty Bastard Speaks On The Government Brainwashing People During An Interview With Method Man!

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  During an interview with fellow Wu-Tang member Method Man, ODB blames the Government for brainwashing corny music to people. “It’s the government. The government brainwash our people with the mind control theory. That’s what they do. So they make sure people like it, they keep playing that same song. The same song keeps playing, you start to like it, you start to get programmed with it, you start to get cloned with it. So then for the clone to exist, then it just takes over, it takes over the human body, it takes over the spirit, it takes over the soul.” R.I.P. Russell Tyrone Jones “Ol’ Dirty Bastard”. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE   Read More...

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Concern over the rising use of polluting styrofoam containers has encouraged a research team at Naresuan University to develop a process to make watertight, degradable food bowls from leaves. Lecturers… Please credit and share this article with others using this...

Bill to Stop States Requiring Labeling of GMO Foods Fails

Bill to Stop States Requiring Labeling of GMO Foods Fails

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A bill that would prevent states from requiring food labels to note the presence of genetically engineered ingredients failed to pass the Senate on Wednesday. Republicans in Congress, led in the Senate by Pat Roberts of Kansas, had been scrambling to come up with a bill that would head off mandatory labeling in Vermont, which goes into effect on July 1. Many food companies have already gotten approval for the language they will use on packaging there, but they worry that other states will pass similar laws, creating a patchwork of requirements that will add to the cost of compliance. Connecticut and Maine have passed laws requiring labeling, but the measures are contingent on bordering states’ adopting similar requirements. Mr. Roberts’s bill failed in a procedural vote, getting only 48 votes when it needed 60. “Unfortunately, the impact of these decisions will be felt across the country,” he said after the vote. “Those decisions impact the farmers in fields who would be pressured to grow less efficient crops so manufacturers could avoid these demonizing labels.”   The failure was a defeat for the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the major food and biotech companies that are its members, which have spent hundreds of millions of dollars fighting labeling requirements.   Continue reading the main story “Despite today’s vote, there continues to be a strong bipartisan consensus to protect American consumers from the increased food costs and confusion of a 50-state patchwork of labeling laws,” Pamela G. Bailey, chief of the association, said in a statement. Ms. Bailey said the group would work with the Senate leaders to come up with a compromise that would establish federal standards. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a Democratic presidential candidate and a strong voice behind killing the bill, hailed the result. “Today’s vote was a victory for the American people over corporate interests,” he said in a statement. Supporters of labeling also favor of a federal law, but one that would be mandatory. The House passed a bill last summer that would pre-empt states from passing laws on labeling and establish a voluntary federal system instead, an approach similar to the bill that failed in the Senate. Many companies have already begun labeling their...

Scientists just discovered a plastic-eating bacteria that could revolutionize recycling

Scientists just discovered a plastic-eating bacteria that could revolutionize recycling

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When the first plastics hit the market, it changed everything. It was lighter, cheaper and safer than glass and metal. Because of this, it took off and now pretty much everything we use has some platic in it. In fact, we manufacture more than 300 million tonnes of plastic each year. Our plastics are now littering the streets, filling landfills and cluttering up the oceans. We overproduce plastic and need to find a better and more efficient way to recycle it. Now it appears that in some recycling facilities, some bacteria are adapting to be able to eat plastics. As plastic has only been around for about 70 years, bacteria hadn’t yet evolved to be able to consume it, as with other biodegradable products. Science Alert reports the amazing discovery, stating, “a team at Kyoto University has, by rummaging around in piles of waste, found a plastic munching microbe. After five years of searching through 250 samples, they isolated a bacteria that could live on poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), a common plastic used in bottles and clothing. They named the new species of bacteria Ideonella sakaiensis. The Kyoto researchers identified the gene in the bacteria’s DNA that is responsible for the PET-digesting enzyme. They then were able to manufacture more of the enzyme and then demonstrate that PET could be broken down with the enzyme alone.” At the moment, plastics are capable of being fully recycled. They are melted and reformed into other hard plastic products. The PET-digesting enzymes resent the opportunity to truly recycle plastic. If added to vats of waste, they could break down plastic items into simple chemicals. These chemicals could then be used to make new plastics, allowing for real, full...

Hundreds of plumbers descend on Flint, while government perpetually fails to provide assistance

Hundreds of plumbers descend on Flint, while government perpetually fails to provide assistance

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  High lead levels in the public water supply continue to pose an imminent threat to the people of Flint, Mich., particularly young children under the age of 6, a demographic the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends get tested for lead poisoning. More than 9,000 children fall into that group, according to reporting by the Detroit News. The water in about 26 homes previously tested positive for lead levels exceeding 150 parts per billion, more than 10 times the level deemed “safe” for human consumption by the CDC. Water filters are unable to remove lead levels above 150 ppb. Referring to more recent testing of filtered and unfiltered water in the 26 homes, the Environmental Protection Agency said only one home exceeded 2 parts per billion when the filters were properly installed. Still, water filters are not exactly the answer to the problem. Water filters deemed ineffective when lead reaches 150 ppb “Many families who rely on Flint city water are having trouble attaching water filters to their faucets because of old or odd shaped fixtures,” ABC 12 reported. Frustrated with the delayed (and arguably nonexistent) response by local, state and federal government, more than 400 licensed plumbers descended on Flint to provide assistance to those in need. Plumbers with the United Association Local 370 have been going door-to-door since last October to ensure residents have the proper faucets for filter installations; but the surge in volunteers occurred only recently. During the last weekend of January, volunteer plumbers replaced faucets and filters in more than 800 homes using supplies donated by Plumbing Manufacturers International. Their actions were genuinely life-saving; one faucet costs upwards of $100 – an unaffordable commodity for many Flint residents. The volunteer plumbers donated money, as well as provided a host of supplies including bottled water, faucets, filters and filter replacements. “We did not cause this American tragedy in Flint,” said Harold Harrington, a member of United Association Local 370. “But we certainly can help correct the damage that has been done!” Hundreds of volunteers spend weekend replacing faucets and water filters The plumbers were told to phone 9-1-1 if they ran into any trouble while performing faucet replacements in people’s homes, Michigan Radio...

Legal Psychedelics Could End The Antidepressant Industry

Legal Psychedelics Could End The Antidepressant Industry

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It is no surprise that the corporate, pharmaceutical industry is obsessed with profit. Shoveling selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) into the mouths of people suffering from depression on a daily basis is one of the most lucrative things they can do. If you can get a person hooked on your drug for life, that’s a lot of profit, and, so, that is what they have been doing. Money, sickeningly, still speaks. In a world of abundance and technologies like vertical gardens, ever increasingly cheap solar energy and 3D-printable houses, we should be well on our way to supplying every human with food, water, clothing and shelter as a basic human right, though in order to wake people up and make this happen, they’ll need to get off the zombie-drugs. Enter: psychedelic medicine. It’s not something you get hooked on. It’s not even something you take often, but people constantly report a single or double use changing their lives, many of which are able to kick anti-depressants after the prolific experience that accompanies it. So, why are they illegal? Well, if everyone had an awakening while using psilocyben or LSD in a controlled setting, faced their fears and overcame their demons, there would be no need for anti-depressants, and corporations that profit from pill pushing know this. They send their money to corrupt US officials that keep them scheduled as a dangerous and illegal substance even though there is immense (and continuing) evidence for their blossoming healing power. In this excerpt from the Joe Rogan Experience, Dennis McKenna explains the corruption that is keeping people from seeing the light that is psychoactive and psychedelic drugs as medicine. Read More...

Vitamin C cured one man’s pneumonia in three hours

Vitamin C cured one man’s pneumonia in three hours

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Thousands have been saved from death and devastating viral diseases, such as double pneumonia, polio, and others with mega-dose injected ascorbic acid or IV solutions of sodium ascorbate. Now LET (liposomal encapsulation technology) allows six grams of orally ingested vitamin C to have the clinical results of 25 to 50 grams of mega-dose IV C. Liposomal C lipid encapsulated ascorbic acid molecules penetrate cells much better than the aqueous vitamin C from IVs and injections. And liposomal vitamin C is much less expensive and more accessible than IV treatments. [1] Noteworthy vitamin C cures Jonathan Landsman, Natural News Talk Hour host, recently interviewed Dr. Andrew Saul, Ph.D, about how he cured his pneumonia in three hours with vitamin C. Dr. Saul wrote the books Fire Your Doctor and Doctor Yourself, and has a website of the same name. [2] The amount Dr. Saul used on himself was outrageous. But his pneumonia was gone in three hours. Nowadays liposomal vitamin C can do more with less. Pneumonia is the eighth ranked killer disease in the world. Much of the CDC’s bogus annual flu death statistic is from flu complications that lead to pneumonia. Pneumonia is usually the killer. Landsman’s short interview of Dr. Saul is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKlMY-mbGeU). Another fantastic, more highly publicized vitamin C cure took place with Alan Smith of New Zealand a few years ago. He was so bad off with double pneumonia in addition to leukemia that the hospital was about to pull the plug on his life support when the family intervened by insisting on trying mega-dose IV vitamin C. After Alan had recovered enough to breathe on his own, the hospital reneged on administering IV vitamin C in large therapeutic doses. The family found Lypo-Spheric liposomal C, and after six days of feeding it to himself, Alan walked out of the hospital. Here’s a 17 minute segment of the New Zealand 60 Minutes TV News program that featured the story. The liposomal C appears around the 15 minute mark (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrhkoFcOMII). Further enhancing liposomal C information, Landsman appears again with a short interview of the CEO of Lypo-Spheric. That’s the brand used by Alan Smith to duplicate the clinical effect of 25 to 50 grams of...

People Can Draw Energy From Other People The Same Way Plants Do

People Can Draw Energy From Other People The Same Way Plants Do

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A biological research team at Bielefeld University has made a groundbreaking discovery showing that plants can draw an alternative source of energy from other plants. This finding could also have a major impact on the future of bioenergy eventually providing the evidence to show that people draw energy from others in much the same way. Members of Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse’s biological research team have confirmed for the first time that a plant, the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, not only engages in photosynthesis, but also has an alternative source of energy: it can draw it from other plants. The research findings were released this week in the online journal Nature Communications published by the renowned journal Nature. Flowers need water and light to grow and people are no different. Our physical bodies are like sponges, soaking up the environment. “This is exactly why there are certain people who feel uncomfortable in specific group settings where there is a mix of energy and emotions,” said psychologist and energy healer Dr. Olivia Bader-Lee. Plants engage in the photosynthesis of carbon dioxide, water, and light. In a series of experiments, Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse and his team cultivated the microscopically small green alga species Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and observed that when faced with a shortage of energy, these single-cell plants can draw energy from neighbouring vegetable cellulose instead. The alga secretes enzymes (so-called cellulose enzymes) that ‘digest’ the cellulose, breaking it down into smaller sugar components. These are then transported into the cells and transformed into a source of energy: the alga can continue to grow. ‘This is the first time that such a behaviour has been confirmed in a vegetable organism’, says Professor Kruse. ‘That algae can digest cellulose contradicts every previous textbook. To a certain extent, what we are seeing is plants eating plants’. Currently, the scientists are studying whether this mechanism can also be found in other types of alga. Preliminary findings indicate that this is the case. “When energy studies become more advanced in the coming years, we will eventually see this translated to human beings as well,” stated Bader-Lee. “The human organism is very much like a plant, it draws needed energy to feed emotional states and this...

Lawmakers Just Passed a Proposal to Ban Donald Trump from Entering Mexico

Lawmakers Just Passed a Proposal to Ban Donald Trump from Entering Mexico

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Mexico City — Legislators in Mexico City passed a proposal on Thursday to bar presidential candidate Donald Trump from entering the country. Though the proposal amounts to a tellingly symbolic gesture, the lawmakers hope the measure will pressure Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to take a more adamant stand against Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric — including his blanket characterization of Mexican immigrants as ‘rapists and criminals.’ “What we’re saying is that if he wants to build a wall so that Mexicans can’t enter his country, then he is not welcome in our country,” Manuel Delgadillo explained to WorldPost.“What we need now is for President Peña Nieto to make a strong statement condemning Mr. Trump’s anti-Mexican comments.” Delgadillo also said the Mexico City legislators were concerned with the billionaire’s “hyper-nationalist” dialogue, which has stoked anti-Mexican sentiment throughout the United States. Deputy Víctor Hugo Romo of the Revolutionary Democratic Party — the politically left political party responsible for the proposal — compared Trump to Hitler, calling him “primeval, egocentric, and primitive.” “Hitler was very popular,” Romo said, reported MSV Noticias. “He generated a lot of sympathy by adopting nationalist politics that vindicated the Germans’ sense of self-worth. [Trump] is practically a copy. I consider Donald Trump a chauvinist, a misogynist who fosters and leans toward repression … He doesn’t respect diversity.” Trump’s demagoguery has also been recently condemned by two of Mexico’s former presidents. Felipe Calderón denigrated Trump’s anti-immigrant policy for its transparency in not being aimed at immigration, per se, instead saying “he is talking about migrants that have a different color than him — and that is frankly racist.” He sharply cautioned that Trump “is turning the United States into a neighbor that we’re all going to end up rejecting and hating.” In interviews, Vicente Fox called Trump “crazy” and a “false prophet.” He also repeatedly stated, referring to the candidate’s proposal that Mexico must fund the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, “I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall … He should pay [for] it … He’s got the money.” He added that “Democracy cannot pick crazy people” who don’t “know what’s going on in the world.” However, the remarkably tabloid-esque field of presidential hopefuls...

 

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